Students must abide by guidelines in social situations

University Communication to Resident Students
Distributed: 08/20/2020
Posted: 08/21/2020

Dear Resident Students,

I am writing to update you on our opening week activities, monitoring residential community health, and updates from the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

First, I want to thank all of you who have moved in thus far and are navigating campus. I am pleased to report that compliance with mask wearing on campus has been strong, use of screening stations has been embraced, and respect for the measures put in place has been significant.

Second, we continue to monitor the health of the residential community daily. As a reminder, any change in your health status, especially symptoms common with COVID-19, should be communicated to Health Services (412-578-6474) immediately. If experiencing symptoms you are expected to stay in your room to wait further instruction.

To that end, in an abundance of caution, we have relocated some residents to create a cohort quarantine due to a reported exposure of one individual within the cohort to a positive COVID-19 case off-campus. We continue to review response steps with health officials and will adjust accordingly. At present, we do not have anyone on campus who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is experiencing symptoms.

Finally, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County remain concerned about the influx of students, the potential for large social gatherings, and possible spread of the virus that can occur through those events. As such, the city will be taking an aggressive approach to addressing these gatherings, holding hosts and individuals responsible. As noted earlier this week in the Carlow University COVID-19 policy, students who are identified to have attended social gatherings, with or without masks, inconsistent with social distancing and group gathering guidelines will be subject to conduct review that could result in quarantine/isolation off campus or interim suspension from the residence halls pending the conduct review process outcomes. Your actions will directly impact our ability to create a safe and effective living and learning environment and thus we are asking for your compliance.

Please let the residence life team, Erin Boyles, or me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your commitment to keeping the residential community safe.

Sincerely,

Timothy P. Phillips, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students